Leigh Sherry

Leigh Sherry

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Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Phone:
403-770-9336
Fax:
403-262-6552
Email:

Leigh has been practicing exclusively in family law since 2011.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in psychology from the University of Victoria in 2002.  She has worked as a youth and family counsellor in Calgary at a safe house where her interest for resolving conflict in families and protecting children and youth through difficult times led her to achieve a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Human Rights Law at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland in 2006.  Leigh’s Masters of Laws focused on international law.

Upon returning to Calgary, Leigh worked as a policy analyst where she routinely presented her recommendations to MLAs, MPs and wrote publications for a respected non-profit organization.  As a policy analyst, Leigh was a member of several committees and boards, and served on a several board of directors.  Leigh also worked as the Addictions Manager and counsellor at an addiction residential treatment facility in Calgary. 

Leigh then attended law school at the University of Saskatchewan where she volunteered as a Cree Court Monitor in remote northern Saskatchewan.  She also worked as a summer law at the Ministry of Attorney General in BC.  Leigh earned her Juris Doctor (JD) in 2010.  She articled at a high-profile criminal defence firm in Winnipeg, MB where she litigated in Provincial Court of Manitoba and Court of Queen’s Bench, and attended the Remand Centre daily to help accused prepare for their defence to criminal charges.

Leigh happily returned to Calgary and joined Soby Boyden Lenz LLP in 2011.  Leigh draws on her experience in litigation, and negotiating and resolving conflict when she was a family counsellor, to bring a balanced and holistic approach to the practice of family law.  

Her practice encompasses a wide range of family law matters including separation agreements, pre-nuptial agreements, child and spousal support, matrimonial property division, surrogacy, child custody and access, adoption, divorce, mobility, international child abduction, and international family law.  Leigh has a special interest in assisted reproductive technology law, jurisdiction, international family law cases and child abduction cases under the Hague Convention.  Leigh has reported decisions in all three levels of court in Alberta: the Alberta Provincial Court, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Alberta Court of Appeal.

 

Year Joined Firm

  • 2011

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Manitoba
  • Alberta

Education

  • University of Strathclyde Law School, Glasgow, Scotland
    • LL.M.
    • Major: Human Rights Law
  • University of Saskatchewan, College of Law, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
    • J.D. - 2010
    • Honours: Pro Bono Students Canada, volunteer
  • University of Victoria
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association Family Law Subsection, Member
  • Calgary Bar Association, Member
  • Law Society of Alberta, Member
  • Association of Women Lawyers

Pro Bono Activities

  • Child Poverty Committee
  • Aboriginal Inclusiveness Committee
  • Board of the Women’s Centre of Calgary